Today in Wales it is the final round, a brave few return from the World Cup season to battle it out at the world's most difficult downhill race. This years lineup is packed with a whole host of UK talent, and some big names from overseas to boot. 2016 Winner Bernard Kerr is back from his mid season injury and isn't going to give up this title easily.
There were some rumours that ‘Hardline’ had become the no so Hardline. In the lead up to this year's event Dan Atherton had announced some alterations to the track, making mention of decreasing the difficulty and risk.
Well, I did find that rather hard to believe..
After witnessing the track first hand today and from discussion with the riders. I conclude that this event most certainly remains hard by name, hard by nature.
Damp conditions have notched up the difficulty, with typically Welsh weather. A mixture of sun and cloud throughout the day did little to dry up the waterlogged ground, following Friday night’s downpour. The track remains extremely slick. The slow rolling soft ground is adding extra challenge to big features.
This is Hardline.